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Vipassana Meditation Forum => Sangha: Community Introductions => Topic started by: Matthew on August 20, 2017, 03:41:21 PM

Title: New members introduction thread 2017 - present.
Post by: Matthew on August 20, 2017, 03:41:21 PM
That other thread was getting a bit long :)

Welcome.
Title: Re: New members introduction thread 2017 - present.
Post by: Undertonez_evanston17 on September 18, 2017, 11:34:28 PM
Hello everyone  :D   My name is Bre (like the cheese haha) and I'm happy to have found you guys. I've been doing meditation for a few years and have a couple programs back at my alma mater. I just opened my first practice  ??? and I'm hoping to share all my insight with you all on the journey and pickup some insight as well.  Feel free to contact me anytime (though it may take a little while for a reply).
Title: Re: New members introduction thread 2017 - present.
Post by: Matthew on September 19, 2017, 02:51:13 PM
Welcome Bre. Please refrain from promoting your meditation centre in any way on the forum - such activity is not allowed. Genuine taking part in discussions is always most welcome.
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Post by: Vivek on September 19, 2017, 06:05:29 PM
Welcome, Bre. Please ensure forum rules are adhered to.
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Post by: Judith on September 20, 2017, 10:49:38 AM
Goodmorning everybody (it's 11.45 AM here in Amsterdam),

I am Judith and new to this forum. Happy to be accepted to this forum (thanks Matthew ;) ) and being able to share experiences and help eachother during our processes of self-inquiry.

I have been meditating on and off since about ten years. Did several Buddhist courses and practised mostly Shamatha and occasionally Loving Kindness. Never longer then 30-45 minutes though. The courses&retreats  remained to be a kind of intellectual input (I wrote down numerous great wisdom-quotes during the retreats, listening to these very wise guru's and teachers), rather than giving me the tools to really integrate it in my daily life and experience real benefit. Last May I did a training in MBSR (Minfulness Based Stress Reduction) which was already far more practical and useful for me.
I also did many guided meditations through my meditation-app. A great help for me to relax with.

But the real turn around came last august because since then my meditation practice has been significantly intensified after a 10-day Vipassana retreat (in the tradition of S.N. Goenka) in Belgium. Now I truely learned how to sit and keep sitting! ;)
I also have lost some stubborn bad habits since then and notice other very good effects and I am grateful for that! Determined to keep practising for at least one hour a day and aiming for two.

But as you all might recognise.: daily live is demanding (I am a single mother, music teacher and work behind the scenes in the world of theatre and comedy and like to play my cello, write&sing songs and do some rowing on the river of Amsterdam  :) ).

So in brief: nice to meet you all and be part of this online Sangha. I am curious to other Vipassana traditions and like to read your inputs on this forum. Feel like a beginner allover (which is good as Buddha told his pupils to always keep a beginners mind ;) ) and will attend monthly meditation days here in Amsterdam. 
Metta to you all and have a great day! ;D

Judith
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Post by: Vivek on September 20, 2017, 04:06:26 PM
Welcome, Judith.
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Post by: Crispy0405 on September 21, 2017, 12:09:27 AM
Welcome to the forum Judith  :)
Title: Re: New members introduction thread 2017 - present.
Post by: Matthew on September 21, 2017, 03:58:21 PM
I am Judith and new to this forum. Happy to be accepted to this forum (thanks Matthew ;) )

Welcome to the forum Judith.

Apologies I mistakenly deleted your account first time round, and thank you for persisting and creating a new one :)
Title: Re: New members introduction thread 2017 - present.
Post by: Undertonez_evanston17 on September 29, 2017, 01:44:56 AM
Hi all, quick follow up- didn't think I was in ANY WAY promoting my business. I didn't put any identifying information or links. Just trying to share my backstory. Sorry if that broke the rules ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Title: Re: New members introduction thread 2017 - present.
Post by: Matthew on September 29, 2017, 10:21:59 AM
You broke no rules. Thanks for your understanding.
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Post by: DC on October 06, 2017, 10:07:16 AM
Hello  All,

Just wanted to say hi and looking forward to being apart of this community. Started practicing meditation since april of this year and it has been an interesting experience so far. Never thought how challenging it can be to sit with your eyes closed and go within the body for extended periods of time. As a side note prior to practicing there was a point of time when I was planning to make an exit from this life.  Went thru a really tough break up with a long time girl friend.I try not to project so much into the future and stay in the present moment. Thanks for allowing me into the group!
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Post by: raushan on October 07, 2017, 02:50:00 PM
Welcome to the forum DC.
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Post by: Patrice on October 14, 2017, 06:42:48 PM
Hello from the canadian arctic. I'm relatively new to meditation and I'm very happy registration to this forum are now open again. Having no one to talk about meditation here, I think it might be of great help to have you guys to learn from and ask questions to.
Title: Re: New members introduction thread 2017 - present.
Post by: Vivek on October 15, 2017, 12:01:45 PM
Welcome, Patrice.
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Post by: Siddharth on October 18, 2017, 01:52:33 PM
Hello everyone, I am Siddharth. I got introduced to meditation through OSHO while trying to figure out certain existential questions in my early teens(late 2011) by reading various texts. Since then, I tried to meditate by reading about what meditation is, but always got frustrated during my practise in a very short period of time and quit. I always wanted to somehow "learn" to meditate but did not make any lasting or significant strides in the direction because of who I was at that point of time.

I December 2014, I learned about Goenka's meditation retreats. As they were free and formally taught how to meditate, I registered instantly for a retreat in may 2015 (semester break from university), but ultimately did not attend. Eventually, I attended the retreat in December 2016, and since then have been practising the technique 50% the days for this last year as taught there(or what i understood they taught). Though my practise generally is an hour long sitting, sometimes I still get distracted and just stop.

Though overall I have become more centred, more observant and have had many physical, social and other realisations in multiple spheres of life, I am still a beginner and learning primarily through my observations and inner experiences.

I find it natural to join this community at this point of time (thank you for accepting me in  :-*). Although I already have a lot of questions and observations to discuss in my mind, I will leave it for subsequent discussions. My understanding so far has led me to believe that we are ultimately all on our own but still there seem to be ample of utility of community or sangha (forgive me if this is not aligned with the basic teachings of gautama the buddha, i do not have in depth knowledge. perhaps some day !). Perhaps we can be play a part in each other's journey.

With Metta,
Siddharth
Title: Re: New members introduction thread 2017 - present.
Post by: georg7887 on October 18, 2017, 02:15:37 PM
Hi everyone and thank you Matthew for reopening this forum for new users:) My name is Georg and I'm from Graz, Austria. I started with anapanasati about 10 years ago with definitely more off than on-phases. This year I felt ready to join my first vipassana retreat which gave me a great introduction to my monkey mind, for which I'm really grateful. Since then I meditate on a daily base and I'm becoming more and more mindful during the day. What a wonderful gift that can be:)

I'm looking forward to getting to know you better and share some thoughts with you.

Greetings

Title: Re: New members introduction thread 2017 - present.
Post by: Vivek on October 18, 2017, 05:31:58 PM
Welcome, Siddharth and Georg.
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Post by: Geraldine on November 12, 2017, 04:59:07 PM
Hello to everybody

I'm the newest member and very happy to have found your group. My name is Geraldine living in Denmark and I'm pretty new to meditation, having only 'seriously' started in October this year. I'm very much looking forward to getting to know you and to learn more about meditation :)  So far it's the best thing I ever tried.

Best wishes, Geraldine
Title: Re: New members introduction thread 2017 - present.
Post by: playground on November 12, 2017, 07:24:50 PM
Welcome Siddharth.
Welcome Georg.
Welcome Geraldine.

:-)
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Post by: Marshmallow on December 31, 2017, 06:04:19 AM
Hi everyone,

I've been practicing meditation for about a decade and it has been incredibly life-changing for me. I've suffered from chronic anxiety, depression and chronic health problems for most of my life, but today I feel healed emotionally. Meditation has made me stronger and given me so much insight on life and on my personal issues. Although I still suffer from chronic illness, my health keeps improving and even though I still experience some physical pain and challenges my mind is mostly at peace. I've also become much more resilient! I'm incredibly grateful for my meditation practice and practice everyday.  :angel:

I practiced meditation quite intensively for the last few years, mostly with a Hatha yoga and mindfulness meditation practice. I also often enjoy practicing the body-scan, which is great for pain relief (physical pain that is). For a long time I was in such physical pain that the only thing I could reach out to was meditation. I sometimes visited seemingly very dark places and it could be incredibly challenging to 'be there' with all my symptoms and physical pain. But at the same time, it's said that the more challenging something is, the more we learn.

When I started practicing, I did not know if all the promises of meditation were true. But my meditation practice really did improve my mental health, my relationships and have made me a much luckier person. I now have a successful long-term relationship with my spouse, and live a happy, comfortable, quiet life. I now consider myself a happy introvert.  :)

I decided to join this site following a desire to speak with other meditators (which is an opportunity I don't have in real life) and look forward to meeting all of you.

If anyone here has been experiencing similar health issues, I would strongly recommend the ABC method, a cognitive-behavioral technique I started practicing as a result of my meditation practice and a whole food diet. These have been so useful in restoring my health. I'm also happy to share what I've learned along the way, although I will not pretend to be an expert. I can only speak from personal experience.

I sincerely wish that meditation will be as helpful to other people here as it has been to me.  ;)
Title: Re: New members introduction thread 2017 - present.
Post by: Middleway on January 01, 2018, 11:39:40 PM
Welcome Marshmallow.
Title: Re: New members introduction thread 2017 - present.
Post by: Sar on January 02, 2018, 01:54:30 PM
Thank you for the opportunity to join this Sangha.
I am in Canada and have been doing a seated meditation practice since mid 2016.  Prior to that I'd been doing self inquiry (SI); contemplation, reading, journal, analysis, etc.  The SI seemed to have reached as far as it could go, at least for the time, and a whole new level of insight has been introduced with the seated meditation.  I've been practicing a hybrid of John Yates's work and Goenka.
The goal for meditation/SI/practice here is 'full insight', 'realization', or any other equivalent expression.  Said another way, practice has not been about finding happiness or dealing with stress.  I am therefore hoping to learn about technique that will deepen insight practice.
Thank you again.
Title: Re: New members introduction thread 2017 - present.
Post by: Marshmallow on January 02, 2018, 05:17:44 PM
Welcome Sar!

I'm also in Canada, in Montreal, Qc.
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Post by: BeHereNow on January 02, 2018, 06:12:34 PM
Yey, Canadians!  I am from Toronto.  Welcome, Sar and Marshmallow!
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Post by: Marshmallow on January 03, 2018, 10:30:01 PM
 :D Hi BeHereNow, nice to meet you!

I enjoyed reading some of your posts by the way, I was looking around the forum the other day. :)

I don't know about you but I haven't been able to go outside much lately, it's been very cold.  ???
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Post by: Vivek on January 04, 2018, 04:41:15 PM
Welcome, Geraldine, Marshmallow and Sar.
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Post by: Marshmallow on January 15, 2018, 06:03:20 PM
Thank you Vivek, nice to meet you.  :)
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Post by: oscarabeo on January 15, 2018, 06:43:35 PM
Hi all,

my nickname is oscarabeo. I have no deep association to it, but it comes from a contraction of "o' scarabeo" meaning "the scarab" in Italian (Naples dialect.) Or at least, this is my guess, as I don't speak this language.

I rediscovered meditation several times over the past decade but it was only the past year that I became serious about it, when I realized I was bearing physical symptoms of anxiety. I am a PhD student in a hard science and I've gone through a number of tough situations with advisors, which have probably been the important factors. My physical symptoms include insomnia, dermatitis, elevated heart rate, stressful dreams, and some depression. I was sure I had a vitamin deficiency or a neurological problem, and brushed off anyone who suggested it might be due to stress. But test after test came up negative.

My insomnia drove me to desperation so I decided I would do ten-day vipassana retreat. In the middle of it I hit a "flow", where concentration became easy, sitting became comfortable, and my heart rate cooled down to a purr. For reasons I don't understand, the body-awareness methods of vipassana take me to a state of intense physical relaxation, which persists even after the meditation ends. After that flow-day, I slept well, my heart rate stayed low, and my anxiety all but vanished. I would not have believed it if it hadn't happened to me, but my dermatitis also went away.

These symptoms have returned since I have come back to work, but are attenuated. I wonder if with more practice they will go away.

The meditation also made me notice I carry around a heavy weight of regret. All of these past mistakes were my "sankharas".

For me, vipassana meditation has not been about finding insight, so much as it has been about finding peace through insight.

Per Goenke's suggestion I've committed to meditating at least two hours a day. With insomnia it's challenging to do it in the morning, but I always get it done sooner or later. Last night, I did my first sitting of an hour and a half, and the time flew by. It was a great feeling. I feel I am making good progress in terms of awareness of my sensations, and slower but steady progress in terms of equanimity.

It has been about a month since the first day of the retreat and I am optimistic about the time to come. There have been changes in my life, some positive, some neutral. Sleep has become only slightly better, and is now (curiously) filled with seemingly endless dreams, sometimes lucid ones. And I find that I am able to let go of work more easily, and not let it pull me away from the moment when I'm trying to do other things. My mind has become calmer and less controlling.

While it is too early for me to offer advice to others, I hope this sketch of my short experience will inspire others like me to give meditation a try. This looks like the start of a new way of life for me.

oscarabeo
Title: Re: New members introduction thread 2017 - present.
Post by: raushan on January 16, 2018, 02:09:48 PM
Welcome to the forum oscarabeo.
Glad to know about your progress in just one month. Yeah, with more practice they should go away.
Title: Re: New members introduction thread 2017 - present.
Post by: Vivek on January 16, 2018, 03:07:56 PM
Welcome, oscarabeo.
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Post by: Marshmallow on January 17, 2018, 09:57:15 PM
Nice to meet you Oscarabeo. I enjoyed reading your post and find it inspiring.  :)  You will certainly benefit more as you practice.

If I can't find enough time during the day to practice, since the days can go by so quickly, I practice when going to bed at night, instead of reading. It usually helps me fall asleep as well. I would recommend practicing the body-scan. Also practicing mindfulness meditation throughout the day makes it easier to practice more often, I find that it requires less discipline than taking 15-30 minutes to practice during the day. You can practice whenever you like, while walking, washing the dishes, brushing your teeth, showering, waiting in line, etc.
Title: Re: New members introduction thread 2017 - present.
Post by: Marshmallow on January 21, 2018, 10:14:41 PM
Please let me know if you didn't receive my message, since it doesn't show up in my sent messages for some reason.
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Post by: bedifferent on January 25, 2018, 06:42:42 PM
Hey everyone, new to the forum!

here's my first post/thread I made, if you'd like to get a bit of background of my past, and future plans  :)

https://www.vipassanaforum.net/forum/index.php?topic=3332.0
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Post by: Isobel on January 27, 2018, 01:19:44 AM
Hello

I’ve recently started meditating.  I have tried to practice mindfulness for a long time now but didn’t really take the time to sit down and meditate.  Then I completed an online course called Buddhism and Modern Psychology which made me realise that I should. I would like to find a meditation class but don’t really have the time or the money at the moment (well time wouldn’t be a problem if I could bring my four year old daughter along but I’m guessing that would be frowned upon :))So I thought that if I joined this forum I could at least ask for advice and share experiences.  Does anyone have any reading recommendations?
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Post by: Middleway on January 28, 2018, 04:32:36 PM
Welcome Isobel. Look under book recommendations on this forum. There are several helpful threads under books recommendations on this forum. Suggest you look at those first.

Welcome bedifferent.

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Post by: Ottercreek on February 14, 2018, 05:28:02 PM
Hi everybody
My name is Veronique, I wonder why I didn't just try that as username but anyway... Ottercreek is the translation for the french name of the creek where I live, in the woods near Quebec city, Canada (I saw there are a few proud canadians here on the forum!). Please forgive my -occasionnally strange- english!
I started to meditate seriously in 2002 at a Goenka course, it was a fantastic, life-changing discovery. I guess I was quite critical and not very respectful, and soon I got "kicked out", went on to practice with a Zen group (Deshimaru), back to Goenka's Vipassana for a couple of retreats and then to a Chan retreat center for more 10-days retreats. I've been practicing daily 1-2 hours for many years, but my daily practice seems not very strong, depending on life conditions like living with another boyfriend, sometimes I drop it completely. At least my efforts on continuous mindfulness really help to keep me going.
I'm not really buddhist, well I did take refuge officially but I'm not very keen on precepts and on traditions, generally speaking. Still, buddhist teachings contributed very much to my understanding of practice and of life, and I'm deeply motivated to share "the Path" or Dhamma or call it as you like, as irregular and as modest as my contribution may turn out to be... Looking forward to sharing with you all!
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Post by: Siddharth on February 17, 2018, 07:28:01 AM
Hey veronique ! Welcome  ;D
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Post by: cluedance on February 21, 2018, 10:20:48 AM
Thanks for the cordial welcome [matthew] !                                                                                       Regrds to one and all !                                                                                                                    cluedance
Title: Re: New members introduction thread 2017 - present.
Post by: Neon on April 07, 2018, 09:55:31 PM
Hello everyone. I don't know where to start.
I came from listening to an online guru and doing occasional meditation and self enquiry. The web site I've been following is a highly westernised attempt to promote fast enlightenment, and promotes these techniques but also psycodelics of various types which wasn't for me. There's other issues with that site too, I won't go into.

I became very confused as most of my meditation sessions turn into self enquirey sessions. Sometimes I had amazing results and actually had this chakra effect from basically doing everything wrong and turning "who am I" into a mantra.

Truth is, despite some interesting experiences, I feel I need to get back to basics and start again. I think I want to try following breathing. What do you suggest, is that a good place to start again?

My struggles: I have chronic tinnitus, very loud. I don't see this as a hindrance because you can listen to tinnitus and it's calming. However those of you who go for sensory deprivation; I can't do that.
I also work long hours and am tired most of the time (and about to have my first child in a few months). I sometimes go to attempt meditation and fall asleep.
I also am in a fair amount of back pain and IBS pain. This doesn't really hinder meditation but explains a lot of other things about me.

My progress. In meditation, I suddenly reached a place where I was not tired anymore. That was very very strange indeed. My over-whelming thought was "now I can meditate for hours like this!" and then alas it all disappeared.
Another time, during self enquiry, I see what looks like an explosion in slow motion shaped like a dandelion, and the sound of like school children in a playground. My heart was thumping louder and louder and I was being drawn into this centre. Again it ultimately dissipated.
These small things, keep me going on the path.

The feeling I need to start again, I guess comes from this hectic lifestyle, it doesn't sound condusive to meditation and yet you can still be copletely determined to follow this path however difficult it is.

If anyone is reading this, can i start with this question; what is the real difference between what I call meta-thinking, which is thinking about thinking, thinking about your thoughts as they occur and mindfullness?
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Post by: Withoutascent on April 16, 2018, 07:22:34 AM
Hi, I’m Barry. I was a high school English teacher for 33 years. I also grew up in a family of building contractors, learned the trade from my father and supplemented my income during college and summers and vacations during my teaching years building houses, roofing, painting, etc.

Now, at 67, I have given up my previous vocations to become a professional dog trainer. 20 years experiece at that. Starting in college, I began studying Tai Chi, Tai Chi Sword and Aikido. Continued studying both off and on for the past 49 years.

Began meditating in college, back in those early Ram Das years. Though TM was the flavor of that period, I began with zazen and then added vipassana. Less experienced in but working daily now on Loving Kindness mediation. Also employ body scanning for stress relief and Les Femhi’s Open Focus techniques.

I have returned to daily practice after several years of occasional meditation practice. I am doing two 30 minute self-directed sittings per day, plus some extra time spent on Headspace when I’m out and about. I am interested in the scientific analysis of meditation and learning about variation on techniques. I recently enjoyed reading Altered Traits by Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson. Just started on Robin Wright’s Why Buddhism is True. The Mind Illuminated is another reference I reread periodically.

I am interested in psychology, NLP, and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) as an approach to psychiatric conditions. (Anxiety has always been a recurring issue for me.) I approach aging, cognitive enhancement and general health and well-being through vitamin and herbal supplementation, diet and exercise.

From 1973 -1982, I studied both Tai Chi and Aikido from the same man, Lou Kleinsmith, who was a master teacher of both disciplines in Saugherties, NY and NYC. He was a senior student af Cheng Man Ching, the Chinese master who brought Tai Chi the the US.

I was also studying a couple forms of karate at the time and doing resistance training. I asked Lou once about studying disparate and non-complementary disciplines at the same time so I could take the best of each and use each as a lens through which to evaluate and modify the others. For example, Tai Chi people do not tend to work on weight lifting to develop strength because that is not what Tai Chi is about. Karate practitioner block punches, Aikido practioners deflect and redirect them. TM practitioners worship the mantra while vipassana concentrates primarily on breathing. Lou’s advice was that if you dig one well, sooner or later you will hit water, but if you put energy into digging many wells, none may ever be deep enough to hit water.

So I ignored his advice and have always been the better for it!

in meditation, martial arts and all forms of self-development, I learn best by studying and then contrasting and comparing opposite approaches and applying concepts from one discipline to another. The operant conditioning I learned as a dog trainer taught me more about teaching teen-agers than any teacher training, seminar or class. I combine NLP techniques with meditation, especially when emotions come to the surface during sitting. The psychiatric principals of ACT parallel the teachings of vipassana very well. I use Aikido, mindfulness techniques and principals of psychoanalysis to train dogs. When I taught, I was doing Tai Chi every time I walked into a classroom—and sometimes Aikido when I broke up fights in the hall.  :)

Still digging lots of holes.

~Barry

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Post by: Gabriel on April 16, 2018, 12:04:48 PM
Good morning from Virginia, USA. I’ve meditated sporadically for years. Nothing special or advanced about it in any way. Just always interested in the topic.

I got very lost spiritually in my late teens and 20s. But now, I seem to have found in Buddhism some fundamental information about life that I didn’t realize I was looking for.

Looking forward to learning and sharing with all of you.  :)
Title: Re: New members introduction thread 2017 - present.
Post by: Middleway on April 17, 2018, 12:45:11 AM
Welcome to the forum Gabriel, Withoutascent, and Neon.

Withoutascent, that was quite in introduction!

Neon, please start a new thread and ask your questions. This thread is mainly for introductions and you may not get any responses here.


 
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Post by: Ottercreek on April 19, 2018, 12:38:52 PM


I ignored his advice and have always been the better for it!

in meditation, martial arts and all forms of self-development, I learn best by studying and then contrasting and comparing opposite approaches and applying concepts from one discipline to another.

Hi Barry, many might disagree but I love your approach!  ;)
Title: Re: New members introduction thread 2017 - present.
Post by: ColinOR on May 26, 2018, 05:25:27 PM
Hello!

My name is - as my screen name would suggest - Colin. It's nice to meet you all and to join this community, which I'm grateful to find. I hope to speak to as many of you as I can manage. :)

I won't give you a full biography - I'm prone to verbosity - but will try to give my meditation background.

I have dabbled since my late teenage years (I'm in my late 40s now). My first introduction to the idea of meditation was actually as an obsessive Beatles fan (I wonder how common that is?), though I didn't really try to practice until I got a book called How to Meditate: A Guide to Self-Discovery by Lawrence LeShan, which gave me a simple breath-count meditation that I've used as my go-to ever since.

More recently I've tried to come back to meditation. I am a recovering addict (four years off alcohol) and have found meditation a useful part of my recovery. As part of a treatment programme I attended I did a six-week course in "Mindfulness Meditation" that was well taught and serious. I've also used HeadSpace for a while. I've done the "moving meditations" of yoga and tai chi and done classes in both that had a mindful or meditative aspect to them.

I'm interested in buddhism and have tried listened to a good deal of Pema Chodron, Robina Courtin, and Stephen and Martina Batchelor. I largely watch YouTube videos of them.

And therein lies my current wish to meditate more and more usefully and with more discipline: I really don't have the attention span to read a serious book at the moment. Quitting alcohol and drugs has been wonderful, but the anxiety they masked are now there to be faced, and obsessive online avoidance techniques - largely social media - have stepped into the place of the drugs and are behaviours I am struggling to moderate or quit as they are encouraging terseness, impatience, and selfishness in me.

I did warn that I can be verbose!

I wish you all well and look forward to finding out more about this community.


Title: Re: New members introduction thread 2017 - present.
Post by: Matthew on May 28, 2018, 05:52:02 PM
Welcome Colin.
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Post by: ColinOR on May 30, 2018, 04:39:25 PM
Thank you, Matthew, that's very kind.

I'll have a look around and hope to contribute if and when I find I have something useful to say.

:)
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Post by: kmikz on June 30, 2018, 08:33:04 PM
Hello all,

My name is Adrian and I first tried meditation about 3 year ago, after I've seen that I have anxiety and I wasn't able to go to sleep, sometimes for hours. I first tried Headspace, committing to the first 10 days for 10 minutes a day. I was hooked ever since.

Headspace taught me to observe my breathing and with only 10 minutes a day, I was still seeing changes I didn't expect in my life: being calmer, having a better self image, not being so hard on myself. So when I heard there were 10 days retreats I was interested.

The first 10 day Goenka retreat changed my life. I had so much energy, everything was just shimmering and shining and had a glow I never saw before. I maintained a daily practice, but not with vipassana (body scanning), but trying to watch the breath, as I liked it more.

After that I began to chase the feeling that I had after that first retreat, which subsided after a few months. I still had a positive outlook on life, but the glow wasn't there. I took two or three more retreats before coming to know that it wasn't about the glow, there was something more and deeper than chasing that high.

I have been to 6 retreats in the past 3 years and one of them was as a server, to give something back to the people that helped change my life and help other people change theirs.

I joined this forum to grow in Dhamma and help strengthen my practice.

May all beings be liberated, may all beings be happy!
Title: Re: New members introduction thread 2017 - present.
Post by: Cirrus on July 10, 2018, 12:30:11 PM
Hello, how are you all?
My name is Rebecca, I live in the UK. I've very recently come to meditation from practising yoga asanas and pranayama, which I love and benefit from. For the last few weeks, this is how new I am, I've practised daily focused mediation and Vipassana. I hope to learn much more. Thank you for accepting me into this community. 
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Post by: raushan on July 10, 2018, 09:54:52 PM
Welcome Rebecca. You should find the forum helpful.
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Post by: Vivek on July 11, 2018, 06:58:53 AM
Welcome to the forum, Adrian and Rebecca.
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Post by: aayushkr on July 16, 2018, 07:15:52 PM
Hello vipassana community!
My name is Aayush and I attended SN Goenka's 10 day vipassana course in March this year. Since then, I am actively developing the habit of meditating in the morning and night for an hour and the habit is solidifying at a moderate rate. I am grateful for my present way of life where I try to observe rather than react and opine  :).

I mostly rely on the dhamma.org app for instructions and meditation and have been reading the mahasatipatthana sutta published by VRI. Other than SN Goenka resources, I also used the resources created by Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu of Sirimangalo monastery, Tathagata monastery's insight to meditation instructions, the Hamilton project blog's 'Going For Stream Entry On A Goenka 10-Day Vipassana Course'.

For monetary sustenance I work as a software engineer and I live in Southern California.

I plan to attend another 10 day course (or preferably a 30 day course) early next year. I have set an intent to lay the groundwork for it now and to use that time as 'diligently, patiently and persistently' as possible and to meditate continuously.

Thank you for creating this community I will definitely be reading the discussions quite a bit and adding/asking my thoughts every now and then. Please feel free to help me with whatever advise/remarks you have. I am eager to develop on this path. :)
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Post by: raushan on July 16, 2018, 08:07:41 PM
Welcome Aayush.
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Post by: Vivek on July 18, 2018, 03:15:26 PM
Welcome, Aayush.
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Post by: mobius on July 25, 2018, 10:38:50 PM
Hello! I joined here to learn and ask questions, as it seems getting advice from more experienced people in meditation is a wise thing to do (rather than just reading or listening to podcasts, which is what I've been doing).

I'm 28 years old, I started meditating for the first time several weeks ago and now I'm in the process of solving a mystery from my childhood. (I'll explain that in another topic).  I am not religious, though Buddhism and Hinduism does interest me quite a bit. I'm Agnostic when it comes to God or spirits. I'm a scientific person, but I also try to have an open mind about such things. I've never done any drugs though I've been reading a lot about them recently, like on the John-Hopkins psylocibin studies, one thing that got me interested in this in the first place. Fascinating studies/stories to listen to.

In spite of what I just said; I always thought meditation was just about relaxing, and forcing yourself to be calm and reducing stress in your life. Wasn't I wrong?  :) After meditating for several weeks I've gotten a few tastes (for better or for worse) of the... mind/life altering capabilities. Wow. I promptly realized I needed to take this more seriously and learn and research before just going about this willy-nilly.

Reading through some existing topics has already been helpful, so thank you!
As I'm very new to this and not a practitioner of any school of thought of religion, please excuse my ignorance and perhaps lack of appropriate language.
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Post by: Merrikay on August 01, 2018, 06:11:37 PM
Hi everyone! I’m Kaela, 27 year old mother of two and I am an inconsistent meditator, haha. I’m happy to be here and love to everyone.
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Post by: raushan on August 03, 2018, 07:11:58 AM
Welcome mobius and Kaela.
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Post by: Nope on August 04, 2018, 12:30:40 PM
Hi Everyone!

First and foremost, thanks for accepting me in the group :)

I attended my first 10 Days Vipassana (SN Goenka) in December 2017, without any previous experience in meditation. I was introduced to Vipassana by a former Yoga teacher; After the retreat, i maintained the following routine: 1h mediations a day + 1h of group meditation/week + 4h meditation course/per month. I stuck to this until the last 2 months and in 1 week I am attending my second 10d.

Thanks again for letting me become part of the forum and also for all the information and support you are guys providing :)

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Post by: Bambs on August 05, 2018, 05:57:28 PM
Hello everyone!

Thank you for accepting me into the group.

I have meditated on and off for several years, sometimes very regularly and sometimes not, so I hope participating in this community will help me build up a steady practise.

I'm a longtime reader of the forum and a lot of what has been said on here has been very valuable and useful to me - as I am sure it has been to many others  :)

Bambs
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Post by: derek on August 19, 2018, 08:55:55 PM
Hi Everyone

My name is Derek, I've been meditating for a few months now and feel I've hit a bit of wall. I'm continuing with it. I tend to use an app called Calm, I like a little help in getting started. I'm hoping to learn more about meditation and to work on finding that calm place that I know exists somewhere.

Thanks
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Post by: KHo on September 01, 2018, 10:30:02 PM
Hi everyone!

My name is Kevin and I started practicing Vipassana meditation last year on a 10-day Goenka retreat. I've been meditating on and off and am looking forward to growing my practice into a daily habit alongside the rest of this community.
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Post by: aspen patchouli on September 18, 2018, 03:56:30 PM
Greetings fellow journeymen.  I'm not sure if this is how I'm supposed to post an intro or not, but this is the best I can figure out so here goes.  I have had a very troubled past.  When I was 6 years old I was in a wreck that killed my little brother and a family friend, and literally killed me.  The emts had to bring me back to life on the scene.  I spent 91 days in the hospital, the first part(over a week) in a coma.  And I had to learn to do everything all over again.  Ever since then I have felt disconnected from society somehow, but I digress.  About 2 years ago, I started weaning myself off of caffeine.  That led to taking myself off of sodas.  Fast forward to now, and I have been a vegetarian for a month now.  I have been meditating for almost 2 years now, and I think I am just now starting really feel the benefits.  The emotions that I had kept inside after the accident are coming to the surface now, and I feel more at peace with the natural world around me.  I no longer watch television, I pretty much just keep it on a meditative station.  Yesterday I pretty much meditated all day, and I had the best nights sleep of my adult life......10 hours without moving an inch!
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Post by: VipassanaXYZ on October 12, 2018, 07:33:19 AM
Welcome!
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Post by: savethelastbreathforme on November 06, 2018, 07:28:09 PM
Hi folks,

Thank you for hosting this forum. Nice to know so many other people are exploring meditation. As for myself, I have started meditation since getting ill over christmas 2017. End result of the illness is loud Tinnitus (both ears), and strange neuropathic head problems.

I have been doing mindful meditation & deep breathing meditation, and have found so far it keeps me in balance - if that makes sense.

Although only meditating for 2 weeks - I think I have found a new friend.

Thank you.
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Post by: Amanaki on December 13, 2018, 09:32:37 AM
Hello everyone :) I am new to this forum and i hope to learn new aspects of the meditation here :)
I have had about 20 years with vipassana meditation practice but i know i still need improvements :)


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Post by: Matthew on December 15, 2018, 06:38:56 AM
Welcome savethelastbreathforme and Amanaki.
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Post by: Jvd on January 31, 2019, 05:03:51 AM
Hi, I’m Jim Van Dyke ( ‘JVD’) from the east San Francisco Bay Area, USA.

I’m 58, son of a very mixed up fundamentalist minister, who I chose to believe when he said that I wouldn’t live to become an adult because of the impending apocalypse. I tried the Christian path for my early years (intertwined with much radical experimentation), and then tried meditation starting in my mid 20’s. Yes, good can come from Donald Trump and his followers, because in late 2017 I found myself so wound up with anger at the increased amount of racist comments stemming from him and echoed by family members that I finally found the ability to meditate for a few moments each morning (humor intended in that last sentence...the best humor is often true, right?). Good is wherever you find it I suppose.

Since using a guided meditation app recently, I feel like I’m truly encountering some profound personal changes. It’s often like I’m watching a movie of this thing called life, and perhaps I’m less of a primary character and maybe a bit of all the characters and even the setting in this so-called movie. I also feel less of a desire for excitement all the time, and more contentment. Additionally, I’m radically aware of the head games I feel in response to interaction with others...what a manic amount of fireworks I’ve had going on in my head all these moments of my life!

Thanks for hosting and maintaining this site, Matthew.
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Post by: Apkallu on January 31, 2019, 12:24:04 PM
Hello,

I am Laurent from Paris, France and a 45 yo man.

I started meditation in Jan 2015 (AYP/Yogani) until I switched 2/3 years after to MCTB.
I've been doing Asana & Zhan Zhuang ... so exploring a bit energetic possibilities.
But I was disappointed by not really bettering myself apart some siddhis here and there that were not that much useful in feeling more calm on a long period. On the contrary.

This was more like being more calm at the surface but the storm was still underneath and more powerful than ever to the point where you could litterally go mad rather quickly and feel numb/dull the rest of the time (which could be wrongly considered calmness).
I was told to do more "grounding" activities but I could relate it was not helpful.

I also faced personal issues that finally were even more destabilizing than expected and this energy just melt myself from the inside (atrocious) and I think, helped in aggravating PTSD symptoms that arose.

I thus decided, after almost 3 years of suffering, to completely change of method for good (no more energy stuff) and tried SN Goenka for 3 weeks (listening to his discourses of the 10 days retreat). Of course, this is not ideal and I know retreats would be recommended but I cannot yet and need help nevertheless.

So let's just judge the tree to its fruits : my PTSD almost disappeared but I nevertheless experienced some rage outbursts from time to time probably due to wrong practice (possibly too much attention to sensations and thus equanimity could not develop enough). This imbalance I experienced is being corrected. I also corrected my observation not to be attention/intention which would lead to move energy where I look at internally and create sensations by myself.

Of course, I (try to) never mix what I learned with Goenka's method and every listening uncovers new truths/understandings but I felt the help here from experienced practitioners could be a life saving... and prepare me to a retreat one day (considering I think I would explode if I would attend it right now).

Thank you for reading me.
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Post by: Matthew on January 31, 2019, 03:47:45 PM
Hi Jim and Laurent, welcome to the forum.
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Post by: 11square on February 01, 2019, 11:42:15 AM
Hi, Everyone

Thanks for accepting me to the forum, I'm am Vineeth. I'm from India.  I came to know about meditation 5 years ago. But the practice has been on and off, feel like I need a constant motivation to make to a daily habit.  So here I'm, learn and practice with all your help.

Thanks.
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Post by: Kamma on February 09, 2019, 05:26:56 PM
Hello meditators,

I'm happy to have finally registered (after lurking for a while) in this lovely community!

I've started meditation when I was still a child, without even knowing what it was. Later on I discovered it's an actual thing and experimented with many techniques (and also various drugs, most of them natural). What I lacked so far was consistency.

Goenka's Vipassana (I did 2 courses, one just recently) has helped me tremendously to understand myself and the world better. I must have done something right in a previous life, as from very early on I've experienced what I understand is called bhanga. It changed everything in me and I got out of a depression that haunted me for years. I've been an atheist since childhood, which has left me quite empty and purposeless. Experiencing the reality of existence was like taking a veil from my eyes.

But, as I said, consistency has not been my forte, so I didn't keep a regular meditation practice. I did apply many of the learnings in my day to day life though, so I've seen the benefits first hand. With the start of this year I've done a 2nd 10-day Vipassana course which has helped me understand the technique better and made me more decided to follow up. I managed to keep the 2h daily sittings on most days in the past 3 weeks which is such a big acomplishment for me! Being on this forum is definitely very motivational and I love reading your stories.

Thank you for having me and much metta to all!

Kamma
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Post by: raushan on February 10, 2019, 06:46:11 PM
Welcome to the forum Vineeth, Kamma.
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Post by: tbarron on February 12, 2019, 09:48:38 PM
Hello,

My name is Tom. I live in East Tennessee in the US.

I have been meditating for a while. I attended a weekend Zen retreat back in the 90's -- don't remember the exact year now, but it was when I was meditating regularly (weekly) with the local sangha that sponsored the retreat. I struggled to maintain a daily practice back then, but missed many days.

Since then, my practice has been off and on, more off than on, although I did have a couple of years in the last fifteen where I meditated every day, typically for 30 minutes or less each day. I've been working on another daily streak since April 7, 2017, again 30 minutes or less each day. Since I retired at the end of April, 2017, I have a lot more free time to devote to practice.

This past December (2018), my appetite for sitting suddenly increased and I'm up to around 1.5 to 2 hours each day at this point. I think the increase in appetite may have been due to a combination of some painful personal conflict with family members coupled with running across some testimonial information about the benefits of awakening for understanding oneself and being able to navigate relationships more skillfully. Whatever it was, my motivation has been strong ever since.

The guidance I'm currently using is the book The Mind Illuminated, by Culadasa. I've also benefited from some of his youtube videos. In the system described in that book, I judge myself to be on stage 4, which just means I've almost got where I can keep my attention on the breath for the whole session with minimal distractions.

I'm grateful to be able to be part of this sangha. Thank you for allowing me to join. I hope to learn lots from you all and to contribute as I'm able.

May all of us and everyone else be healthy, happy, and content.

Tom

PS: JVD, just wanted to say that I relate to what you wrote. My parents were Southern Baptist missionaries in Indonesia. It made for an interesting cultural experience growing up, but their religious beliefs ultimately didn't work for me. I'm your age, too.
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Post by: Mohit on February 23, 2019, 07:07:37 AM
Hello Everyone,

Greetings!!
My name is Mohit and I live in Delhi, India. I got introduced to the topic some years back courtesy books from the likes of JK, Eckhart, Ajahn Brahm etc and have been an active meditator since then . I also had the privilege of attending a retreat in Dharamshala last year where I got introduced to the Shamatha practice.

I usually practice in early morning for 1-2 hours and try to remain as aware as possible throughout the day. I can see that the practice is improving and I can remain more aware of my emotions and feelings by regular practice. Sometimes it becomes really frustrating and irritating, but I guess once you start on this path, it is very difficult to go back to the old habits and old ways of doing things. One simply knows and understands that everything has been temporary and conditioned and to know the reality, one has to practice and see things as they really are. What generally keeps me inspired is my keenness to achieve freedom and happiness by being independent from every external thing/people.

This sangha is highly required for keeping the motivation levels and improving on the practices. I would thank everyone here and my best wishes to all  in there journey.

May all sentient  beings be full of compassion and loving kindness.

Warm Regards,
Mohit
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Post by: Middleway on February 23, 2019, 06:05:26 PM
Welcome Tom and Mohit.
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Post by: Jallen on March 11, 2019, 03:35:34 PM
Hello everyone!

Thank you for accepting my request to join (whoever you are).

I began practicing meditation and studying Buddhist philosophy 10 years ago (at age 16) to overcome depression. That was until an ex-gf became frustrated with me for not responding to her attempts to trigger me, calling me "a robot."  ;)

I have since drifted towards other forms of spiritual practices, experimenting with yoga, breathing techniques and psychedelics. I am now 26, and looking back on my meditation days, I remember them as the time when I was the most peaceful and contented I've ever been. I have recently attended a Goenka-style Vipassana retreat and am now looking to return to meditation as my main spiritual practice. I have some specific questions about said meditation practice, and will post them in the appropriate section :)

Much love,

Jamie
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Post by: Matthew on March 19, 2019, 01:06:00 AM
Welcome to the forum Jamie.
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Post by: Ysa@29 on March 25, 2019, 05:33:54 AM
Hi, I'm a new member here, I was hoping that I will learn a lot from this site that could help me to improved practicing my meditation. I'm just new in meditation, mostly self-practiced. And as a beginner, I'm just doing some research of proper posture and other basic methods to practice. That's why I decided to join in this kind of forum site to learned new things from you guys. Thank you so much for accepting me here. :)
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Post by: lukebayler on March 26, 2019, 05:48:43 PM
Hello! Just introducing myself as I am a new member. I am here to learn from others about their practice and am also hoping to help others as well. Thank you for adding me as a member!
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Post by: Matthew on May 25, 2019, 12:23:10 PM
Welcome to the forum Luke.
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Post by: Travis_Says_Hi on July 04, 2019, 06:09:41 PM
Hi friends! I’m Travis. I won’t bore you all with details about me. So suffice it to say; I’ve got a moderate amount of experience in meditating and vipassana and I use the Mahasi Sayadaw technique of noting
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Post by: raushan on July 04, 2019, 07:14:12 PM
Welcome to the forum Travis
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Post by: Foxterrier on July 17, 2019, 10:28:58 PM
Hi everyone,

My name is Finnur and I’m very happy to be on this forum.

After dabbling in meditation for several years I did a 10 day Goenka-Vipassana retreat last May and have been keeping up the two hours a day so far.

Looking forward to hearing of other people’s experiences.
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Post by: Matthew on July 21, 2019, 03:16:58 PM
HI Finnur,

Welcome to the forum.
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Post by: Dhruv on August 21, 2019, 07:08:52 AM
Hello all. Myself Dhruv from India. I have completed 4 Vipassana courses - 3 ten-day and 1 Satippathana, as taught by SN Goenka, in the Sayagyi U Ba Khin tradition. I have also served in one 10-day course.

I try to maintain my daily practice. Most importantly I try to make sure that I apply Dhamma in real life.

I look forward to interacting with all you fellow meditators.

Metta to all!
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Post by: eatyhappy2000 on September 01, 2019, 12:05:35 AM
Hey.

I've been meditating regularly since December 2017 at 15 years old (though I've meditated as early as childhood, just not regularly). I meditate a few times a week and am slowly making my sessions longer at the moment.

I'm also curious about your experiences with meditation
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Post by: raushan on September 02, 2019, 10:43:54 PM
Hey eatyhappy2000,

Welcome to the forum. Hope you will find it useful.
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Post by: namitutonka on September 10, 2019, 07:16:44 PM
My name is Aayush and I attended SN Goenka's 10 day vipassana course...I mostly rely on the dhamma.org app...

Thank you Aayush. I had never heard of the dhamma.org app.
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Post by: Donman on October 09, 2019, 11:22:44 AM
Good Morning all
 Checking in from Florida. I was pretty serious about the meditation practice for several years but then some things happened and I strayed off the path. I resumed practicing a little while ago after some pretty serious health and stress related issues (probably related).
 Funny how the mind takes to meditation like a fish to water..
Anyway I look forward to discussions and learning from all you folks.
Thanks you
 
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Post by: chazbc on October 15, 2019, 06:05:00 PM
Hello from Oklahoma, my name is Charles. I am a relative newbe to meditation as I have only been practicing for about 18 months now, two or three times a week. My teacher is Bhikkhu Santhapiya at The Oklahoma Buddhist Vihara, here in Oklahoma City.
Meditation has become a very rewarding experience and has allowed me to come to terms with a good deal of the suffering in my life.
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Post by: Xielian on October 17, 2019, 02:30:09 PM
Hello everyone, I'm glad to join the community!  \( ̄▽ ̄)/

I'm a Russian guy currently staying in Beijing. I first started meditating in 2018, but made it part of my daily routine only 10 months ago.  Now I'm practicing various kinds of samatha meditations on breath, sounds and sights. I'd like to share my experiences with other members and get some advice. I'm also looking for a kalyana mitta (a dharma friend, or really anyone who's practicing any kind of meditation) from China or Taiwan.

Feel free to PM me ( ゚▽゚)/
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Post by: dhammaseeker on October 18, 2019, 01:16:42 AM
Hello People!

Hope you are all well. Glad to join this community.

On the meditation front only ever did Vipassana Goenka tradition and have been lucky enough to find a technique that suits me first time round.

I know some people tend to spend many years drifting from one technique to the next until they find one that fits their needs. Of course, for me personally this Goenka tradition is is the best fit but it would be wrong to think that it has a monopoly on dhamma. Hoping my stay here will allow me to respect and appreciate some of the other traditions without diminishing the personal relevance of my own tradition. A way to cultivate tolerance and understanding of other ways. Boy, I'm starting to sound a bit too serious  :D

I'm hoping to share, learn and grow. Good to be here peeps!

with metta  :)
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Post by: Anand on October 21, 2019, 07:22:00 PM
Hi Friends
I am Anand. Seeker eternal. I am following Vipassana regularly. I am engaged in social action for good governance and better world. But not happy. It seems to be a frustrating play. I am very much interested in 'Engaged Buddhhism' sort of things. Will share my thought soon.
Happy to connect. I was actually hunting for some such forum where I can share my thought. Not just intellectual activity. It should lead towards a sustainable better world from inside out, rather than somebody working from outside.
Many thanks Admin of this forum for creating this wonderful platform.
Mangal Bhav. Let there be auspiciousness everywhere.
Anand
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Post by: dharma bum on October 24, 2019, 03:35:23 PM
Welcome to the forum, Donman, chazbc, Xielian, dhammaseeker, Anand.
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Post by: Garrett81 on November 17, 2019, 09:53:35 AM
Hello everyone I hope you are all well.

Garrett here , iv been meditating for nearly four years. I have completed Vipassana, Loving Kindness and a 8 week MBSR program. I am a very slow learner and would to be in a position to attend retreats to deepen my practice, however not long after I first discovered meditation I had to small kids in my life, so I try to meditate as often as I can, mostly every morning in get up at 5am(hour before the kids rise ) and practice. I am very committed to my practice and look forward to the day where I can get a firm grasp from a teacher and retreats.

 But until then I am looking for guidance and support to help me intergrate my practice in to my daily life, I tend to meditate and then completely forgot about intergrating in to my daily life, I put so much effort in to my practice but I let myself down by not using these precious tools in my life but I do not feel like giving up. . I feel like a craftsman who goes to work every day without his toolbox.

Thank you for reading my post and I’m so happy to have discovered some like minded people. I will look forward to to guidance and support!!

Regards
Garrett
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Post by: Matthew on November 17, 2019, 01:45:50 PM
Hi Garrett,

Welcome to the forum.

Best post your questions on the meditation board.
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Post by: Garrett81 on November 17, 2019, 02:55:19 PM
Hi Matthew

Thanks for the welcome and  will do 😀
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Post by: Daniel on November 18, 2019, 05:37:32 PM
Hello! My name is Daniel. I am 59 years old, married 30 years with two grown sons and a granddaughter.

I attended my first 10 day vipassana course as taught by SN Goenka in Oct 2017. I will sit my fourth 10 day in April 2020 at the Dhamma Dhara Center in Shelburne Falls, MA. I live on a little island off the coast of Cape Cod so finding community support for my practice is a challenge. My intention is to utilize this forum to assist in maintaining and deepening my daily practice.

I participated in several Landmark Forum courses in the early 1980's including their rigorous 6-day.

Thank you for accepting me into the forum.

Warmly,
Daniel

 
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Post by: Middleway on November 19, 2019, 12:18:18 PM
Welcome to the forum Daniel.
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Post by: DogManStar on November 23, 2019, 10:05:00 PM

Hello, my name is Matthew.  I have been doing meditation at home for 5 months, and I have listened to quite a few audio books about meditation. It was the Art of Living book that really struck a chord with me.  I plan to go on 10 day retreat at some point.  I am currently listening to The Mind Illuminated (which is helpful), but as a beginner I have a lot of questions.
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Post by: Middleway on November 24, 2019, 02:08:18 AM
Welcome to the forum Matthew!
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Post by: 11Kayxx on December 12, 2019, 12:27:04 PM
Hi everyone,

I've been lurking for a few weeks, so I thought I'd finally say hello.

I'm so impressed by the amount of knowledge here. Thank you for sharing it! I've found it incredibly helpful.

I'm preparing for a short solitary retreat in February. I'd like to devote some time to increasing knowledge while I'm there. I know there is an entire thread on good reads, but if you had five days of solitude for meditation and mindfulness (and you were of the opinion that devoting some time to reading would be beneficial), what would you bring along to read?

May you all advance on your path :)
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Post by: Middleway on December 12, 2019, 01:11:15 PM
Welcome to the forum 11Kayxx. I am not one of those who think devoting time for some wholesome reading during a retreat would be beneficial. So, I cannot make any recommendations. Good luck with your retreat.
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Post by: Lerxst on January 17, 2020, 12:20:09 PM
Hello all,

It is great to have a forum like this. I hope to learn and perhaps help others. In about a month I will be starting a year-long retreat. I have meditated for a few years now but this opportunity has arisen to take a year out and concentrate on developing mindfullness and studying the Suttas, particularly the Satipatthana Sutta, in near solitude. This is a big undertaking and I am sure I will have many challenges. I don't know if I can do it but I will do my best and persevere. That is the plan. I hope to use this forum and share my experiences along the way.

I am not sure if I will have time to write much here before I start but we'll see.

All the best

Lerxst
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Post by: Siddharth on January 17, 2020, 12:48:32 PM
Welcome, Lerxst. May this forum be a helpful place for you on the path.
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Post by: amberlight on January 22, 2020, 10:36:37 PM
Good evening.
 I have been around the edges of meditation and Buddhism for nearly 20 years, some Triratna, retreats, meditation courses, buddhism courses, mindfullness, body scanning and the like, metta bhavana retreats. In 2014 I attended 10 day Goenka retreat in the UK, and have sat 5 since, and served 5.
I have had experiences in the retreats and when sitting at home which are not explained on retreat, and seem to have elements of "stream consciousness" I
I am intrigued to know if others have similar intense experiences, and Vipassana outside of Goenka as that is mainly what I have known.
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Post by: Matthew on January 22, 2020, 11:14:17 PM
Hi Amberlight,

Welcome to the forum. Specific questions and enquiries are best addressed on the relevant discussion boards.
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Post by: marcodisco on January 29, 2020, 06:55:00 PM
Hi everybody,
I'm Marco an Italian living in Berlin.
I started to meditate 4 months ago and that makes me a newbie  ;D
I'm here cause after those months of DIY, I feel I need to have a feedback on what I'm doing, and reading to this forum looks like full of people that can give me advices.
Thanks and see you soon
 
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Post by: dharma bum on January 30, 2020, 02:19:24 PM
Marco, Welcome to the forum!
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Post by: marcodisco on January 30, 2020, 06:58:51 PM
Thanks!
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Post by: StefanM on January 31, 2020, 10:53:32 AM
Hello, members of the Sangha. I'm Stefan, a Romanian living in Italy. I've recently had a persistent realisation, more specifically that "breathing meditation" could help with some of my personal issues and that I have to seek out ways to properly instruct myself in the practice. That is more or less how I landed here. Could someone help guide me through this place?   :angel:
Title: Re: New members introduction thread 2017 - present.
Post by: Matthew on January 31, 2020, 09:38:36 PM
Hi Stefan,

Welcome to the forum. There is an introduction to Shamatha meditation on the homepage or from here (https://www.vipassanaforum.net/forum/index.php?page=2) . It's a good to place to start meditation. If you have questions they may be answered in our "new to the forum" guide (https://www.vipassanaforum.net/forum/index.php?page=4). Otherwise ask on the meditation practice board. There are lots of video and text resources in the "Library" section.

Matthew
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Post by: StefanM on February 01, 2020, 11:17:05 AM
Thanks, Matthew! May many blessings come your way.
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Post by: Dhamma on March 04, 2020, 06:24:35 PM
Hello,

I never received a proper email that I was approved after registration.  So, I changed my password and realized I was somehow approved. I am very happy about that. :)

I participate regularly on another Buddhist forum.  Sometimes there is a lot of arguing and unwholesome speech, and you're not allowed to mention certain teachers in the Buddhist world. Egos are big there at times. People like to argue for arguing's sake. I am not gossiping or trying to "whine" as I use that forum to learn and grow spiritually. I see the good in it and will continue to participate. I just hope that there is less of these negatives on this forum here.

I have been practicing Buddhism for a few years, although I have been studying it for about ten years or so.

I do Vipassana meditation daily (20-30 minutes) + Tsa Lung exercises (some Bon Buddhism meditations as well). Also, I listen to an array of teachers from all traditions (even Indian yogi traditions at times). I suppose now my direction is mostly Theravadan + some Tibetan + little Zen. But I take from all. I am not glued in to one school.

I believe strongly in Right Speech and take Buddhist precepts very seriously (emphasized "Right Speech" as I see very ugly speech on Buddhist forums). 

I do consider monkhood a real possibility for me at some point in the future.

Finally, I sincerely wish you and all sentient beings that we may fulfill our deepest wish: to be forever happy.

(Some much "I", even though there is no "I").

Peace and enlightenment.  :)
Title: Re: New members introduction thread 2017 - present.
Post by: dharma bum on March 04, 2020, 07:16:41 PM
Welcome to the forum Dhamma.
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Post by: Dhamma on March 04, 2020, 07:20:15 PM
Welcome to the forum Dhamma.

Thank you, dear friend.  :)
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Post by: Guillaume on March 15, 2020, 09:24:32 AM
Hey fellow meditators!

I'm a 36, male, engineer in society, with a healer mind. I started meditation very progressively maybe 10-15 years ago, but only started to take it seriously for 3 years. I was actually more into (self) hypnosis, even more after one encounter with a hypnotist (a living angel). She was so inspiring, she gave me a lot of energy (not sure I needed all of that!). Long live such beautiful souls.
And not so long after, in all my experiments, I took herbs that accidentally smashed my ego and opened my perception, or probably my 3rd eye. I'll probably make a separate post on that, but in short I learned that there was another state of mind than hypnosis, and this path led to light, and sometimes love.

Anyways, I would say that I'm now a 'light-seeker' in meditation. I meditate daily, for as long as I need to see light (usually 20 minutes), and more when I have time. I have also made quite a lot of efforts to detach from people (familly and friends) that were a source of distress.

And I am very happy! Of course I still have times when bad thoughts come back for a day or two, but, yeah, life / nature / god are the ones who decide. That's maybe why I'm also so thankful to it.

Hope I'll learn many things here, and that I can share tips with you!
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Post by: dharma bum on March 16, 2020, 01:33:58 PM
Welcome to the forum, Guillaume.
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Post by: Guillaume on March 16, 2020, 06:08:04 PM
Thanks, dharma bum.
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Post by: Dhamma on March 17, 2020, 12:30:18 AM
Welcome to the forum, Guillaume.  I am new, too.

May we all fulfill our deepest wish: to be forever happy. :)
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Post by: bekaemily on April 27, 2020, 01:05:26 PM
Hi all,

My name is Bek and I'm from Melbourne, Australia :)

I completed my first Goenka 10-day vipassana course last year in May 2019, which was really something that happened somewhat spontaneously.
I still feel I am relatively new to meditation. I had meditated a little bit prior to completing the course and learned about it in a more day-to-day 'mindfulness' sense.

I've joined this forum in the hope to connect with others regarding experiences during and after the course. So far I can see there are many threads with lots of valuable discussions so I'm eager to explore!

I had a particularly challenging shift to my whole state of perception during and upon completion of the course, and I still do not fully understand what it is that I have been experiencing for the past year. From my research it appears to be fitting with the terms 'dissociation', 'depersonalisation' and 'derealisation'. So I hope to gain some insight or clarification on perhaps what it is I am experience, but I will aim to post a more detailed question in a separate thread to this.

Anyway, just wanted to say a quick hello and thank you for accepting me into this group.

Loving kindness to all.
Title: Re: New members introduction thread 2017 - present.
Post by: Matthew on April 27, 2020, 10:13:30 PM
Hi Bek,

Welcome to the forum. Some of the issues you raise have come up before so do have a look around, and don't hesitate to ask questions.

In the Dhamma,

Matthew
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Post by: Twicedaily on May 19, 2020, 03:48:57 PM
Hello  :)

My name is Dan, I’m from Ontario, Canada.  I have been practicing vipassana since early 2017.   10 day (S.N. Goenka ) course I took in 2017 has been a pivotal point in my life.  I realized early the benefits vipassana meditation Provided for myself and for those around me. 

Looking forward to meeting everyone  ;D

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Post by: Middleway on May 19, 2020, 04:14:09 PM
Welcome to the forum Dan.
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Post by: gannuman on May 22, 2020, 03:24:35 PM
Hello :)

I posted a couple of things here and I'm super thankful to have found this community so I might as well introduce my self. :)

I've been practicing buddhist teachings as well as bits from other philosophies for about 5 years now (actualy that's when I came to terms with what I wanted and began to follow it with more diligence). I'm still strugling to become better, learn and apply the teachings, practice meditation in a regular schedule, developing my morality and way of life and all the other bits and bolts of living a good life.

Sometimes it's pretty hard to follow this path since pretty much none of the people closest to me understand it, so sometimes it feels lonely and sometimes it feels frustrating for even though I try to go one way which I see is wholesome, the ones I care most about sometimes (many times) go the other way. But it is for their good and wealthfare, as well as my own and the good and wealthfare of all of us, all of humans and all of life, that I do this. So I'm really glad to have found people that I think would understand that, even though we might never meet personaly.

Also I believe that the good life belongs to all of us and not just to monks, that's why I chose to do this as a householder. So many people don't listen to and don't care about monks and their practices, but they might as well listen to people just like them, with houses, jobs and families, who managed to find real happiness and wellbeing in this life. So this is what I would like to accomplish. :)

Thank you all for existing, doing what you do and sharing it here. The fact that we're here is so meaningful to me and I'm really glad.  :D
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Post by: Middleway on May 23, 2020, 12:08:04 AM
Welcome to the forum Gannuman.  Following the path and by living a wholesome life, you are bound to bring about change in others that you may not notice immediately. Everybody walks their own path and at their own pace.
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Post by: gannuman on May 24, 2020, 10:55:18 PM
True :) thank Middleway!
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Post by: Nicolas on May 28, 2020, 09:11:21 AM
Bonjour everyone!

I'm Nicolas from Switzerland. I have been practising vipassana/anapana in the style of Goenka since last year and have been (most of the time  :-\ ) kept a daily practise since, which I found challenging yet rewarding. Like I believe many others, I was a "lurker reader" on the forum for some time. One of the thing I've really enjoyed here is that it has helped me put the school I come from in perspective, I mean not taking Goenka's teachings as final words or beyond criticism.

Have a nice day all!
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Post by: Middleway on May 28, 2020, 11:51:56 AM
Welcome to the forum Nicolas.
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Post by: Emoint on June 08, 2020, 09:18:24 AM
Hi all,
My name is Lance and I have not lurked on the forum, i think more accurately I have lurked for a way to really contact myself a lot of my life. I'll be honest, I have asked to join this forum because despite a dysfunctional family upbringing and counselling, it was not until my aunty died that the true extant of my deafness to me and shut down of the inner workings came to the surface. Nothing was working really, then I read that emotions run the mind not the mind runs the emotions and things began to click. My instinct lead me to mindfulness, then to emotional intelligence, and the EQ forum said to talk to people each day about how your meditation went. Thats why i'm here to be amongst people who meditate and can relate experiences. I'm meditating 20 mins a day on the beginners stage of EQ website started by the segals in america. It seems that some of you have meditated for many years and are very practised at it, I have been meditating 20 mins a day for four days and happily feel like a child in comparison. I dont know the different forms or types of meditation, it is enough that i have discovered EQ's website. Is it ok that the one thing in common and prevalent theme is that we all meditate. I guess I just need to be, or need to know that like minded people are close to hand for comfort and peace of mind I guess. hence my desire to register with you. Thanks
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Post by: Matthew on June 10, 2020, 09:45:06 AM
Hi Lance,

Welcome to the forums. Such dynamics can truly hold us back in life. It's all learned behaviours though, and can be unlearned too. Meditation was the beginning of true healing for me, also coming from a very dysfunctional family/background. The calm helped me know "I'm safe, I can handle it" and the insight gained started to untie the knots that bound me. I don't think it would be hyperbolic to say it may have saved my life.

I look forward to getting to know you through this space. I'm sure you will find the practice beneficial, the fruits of meditation undo these patterns of suffering with patience, self-compassion, and a little time.

You might find the "calm-abiding" practice linked from the home page beneficial. Development of calm and acceptance in body and mind unlock many doors.

Warmly,

Matthew
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Post by: Thanisaro85 on June 11, 2020, 12:17:07 AM
Hi all,
My name is Lance

Hi Lance,

Just a quick note, the mental state of every person varies. So sometimes even new meditators can progress very fast too. It is just like someone who have great physical health by default, even he has not run for 10 to 20 years, he can progress in marathon pretty quick. And next, hope you can find some good sharings here that benefits you

Regards
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Post by: Emoint on June 12, 2020, 10:53:19 AM
Thankyou Matthew and Thanisaro 85 for your welcomes,  Thanisoro85 I like the analogy, it is true especially in this lock down you see people running or exercising, and you look at their shape or age and think, whats getting you to do this? Its a case i think of having an in built athlete in you and no matter how much you try to fight it or pass it off, it just comes to the surface anyway. I'm not gonna try and become a monk. I just want to feel all my space within having seemingly run away from that space or unaware of its significance most of my life. I'm only doing beginners emotional intelligence 16 mins meditation and i'm starting to feel the lungs rub,roll, press against the stomach and organs retracting then re settling themselves. So thankyou both, I feel by your responses that I have stepped past the door now into the lobby. i'll check out c-abiding as you suggest Matthew, cheers all
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Post by: Lucas_T on June 20, 2020, 11:18:30 PM
Hello Vipassanaforum.net Sangha!

My name is Lucas, I live in Toronto, Canada. I have been meditating and attempting to learn Dharma seriously for the past year.
I sit for two hours each day, and hope to spend some time practicing intensively at a monastery when health regulations deem it safe to do so.

The practice has greatly improved my life, from helping me develop my attention, gain control of anxiety, and generally aid my understanding of what it going to make my life enjoyable and meaningful.
The groups that I am a part of are full of mostly people 50+, I am in my mid 20's, so sometimes because of the age difference I lack that sense of being able to connect and discuss practice. These conversations are ones I definitely crave, so I'm very happy to see that they go on here.

Hoping everyone is safe in this time and practice is going well!

-L
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Post by: Middleway on June 21, 2020, 01:42:03 PM
Welcome to the forum Lucas.
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Post by: consapevolezza on August 14, 2020, 03:22:55 AM
Hello, I hope that everybody is staying safe from the global pandemic and other circumstances. I am writing from the East coast of the United States. I participated in a 10-day silent meditation retreat in Amherst, MA, in November of 2019. I have strived to practice Vipassana at least once a day since, especially during this pandemic. I look forward to following and contributing to interesting discussions.
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Post by: Middleway on August 14, 2020, 11:41:28 PM
Welcome to the forum Consapevolezza.
Title: New here, but I guess that is redundant.....
Post by: MusicAndMind on August 22, 2020, 04:54:17 PM
...since I am posting in the new members thread. :)

I have been meditating off and on for a few years, and for about 1 year daily. I have sooooo many questions but I will look around to see if some of them have been addressed already, which I am certain will be true for many of them. I just want to introduce myself here and tell you all a bit about who I am.

I am a professional musician, with a loooong history, so I may find the "Hangout" or whatever the non-forum topic thread is called here at some point and tell some life's stories. I also work as a tour guide but have only been doing this since 2012. I am American, from Texas, but I now live in Germany and have for about 40 years. I have a wife and 2 lovely children. I have been out of work since March, but this is certainly a situation many are also experiencing. My professional future is not very rosy, and I am using meditation to try to keep centered and my outlook from going farther down that it already has.

Meditation has made some big differences in my entire life's outlook, and I am kinda surprised at the difference it has made. Of course, lately, it is getting harder for me to keep positive, but that is one of the reasons I went searching for a meditation forum. I did a few years stint as a professional poker player. I am pretty good but not as good as I thought (tilt, for anyone who knows poker, was my main downfall...). Financially, I came out ok, meaning I kept my losses to a minimum, and actually made a bit of money doing poker room reviews, and book reviews. Why people wanted my input, and paid me for it, when my winnings were so...uhh... not good, I am not sure. But I am knowledgable about the game, so I guess that was why. They paid me, so I didn't ask... :-) But I became a member of a really cool poker forum, a smaller community, and made some lasting friendships. Perhaps that will happen here as well.

But no matter what, I am looking forward to hearing others' advice and experience in meditation and mindful living. I am not a Buddhist, and read that many here may be. I am not a religious person at all, but I do consider myself on a spiritual journey (that may be a very contradictory statement, I don't know..) and am very interested in learning new ideas about spirituality. In my opinion, religion and spirituality are two completely different things. Buddhism would interest me, at least I would be happy to know more about it. Still, that is not my reason for being here. Meditation is.

Thanks for reading and I look forward to meeting some of you.


Title: Re: New members introduction thread 2017 - present.
Post by: Middleway on August 22, 2020, 05:23:41 PM
Welcome to the forum MusicAndMind. That’s quite an introduction. Look forward to you walking the path with all us of here.
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Post by: stillpointdancer on August 23, 2020, 12:31:04 PM
Hi MusicAndMind
Nice to hear from you. I guess there are many musicians in the same boat, literally victims of the gig economy. I took up meditation only as an experiment to see if it would change my state of consciousness. I was not interested in Buddhism as I was not religious, but got interested when it had some of the answers to what happened to me after meditating a number of years. As a science teacher (retired now) I went with what I could use to explore my experiences, and nobody could have been more surprised than me when I decided to go through a formal ceremony to become a Buddhist.

Luckily you don't have to become one to get a lot out of meditation, but there's a lot of useful experience in meditating in Buddhist writings to get to grips with, if you can get around the religious language which often obscures the message. I'm in lockdown in the UK and using my time to catch up on piano skills I didn't have time for as a teacher. I played the guitar and taught it for a number of years, but only as an accompaniment to songs. On the piano I could vamp chords with my left hand and follow a melody from sheet music with my right.

I bought a keyboard with a midi out and attached it to my laptop, bought some software, and started again from scratch to read music and play the piano properly (as I would say) to an intermediate level. Look forward to hearing some of your stories.
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Post by: mobius on August 23, 2020, 11:47:38 PM
Hello MusicAndMind; sounds like you have an interesting life. I'd love to hear more!
There's a lot of people who's future isn't looking real good right now or at least uncertain including me, and probably a lot of us using meditation to help ourselves keep a good attitude. I too was surprised by the effect meditation had on my life (I think a lot of people go through this).


@stillpointdancer:
I always love to hear that someone learns (or re-learns) to play an instrument. While I've played piano and guitar for several years now I've never learned to read sheet music. Keep at it and have fun!
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Post by: stillpointdancer on August 24, 2020, 10:50:32 AM

@stillpointdancer:
I always love to hear that someone learns (or re-learns) to play an instrument. While I've played piano and guitar for several years now I've never learned to read sheet music. Keep at it and have fun!

I bought eMedia software 'piano for dummies', which, unlike the book, is interactive. I usually play with headphones so the midi-out connection worked to mark my playing as I went through the exercises and played the sheet music. If I was up near 90% accuracy then I moved on. Not quite the same as having a teacher there, but was pretty good. I've moved on to their intermediate level software (I don't have shares in them BTW) which doesn't have the same feedback, but is fun to use, especially when I bought foot switches which allow me to turn the pages over on the laptop. I play other fun stuff too. My problem is that I would rather play 100 pieces from my books than spend time learning a much smaller number by heart, which I would like to do because then I get 'into' the music more.
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Post by: mobius on August 30, 2020, 06:26:46 PM


@stillpointdancer:
I always love to hear that someone learns (or re-learns) to play an instrument. While I've played piano and guitar for several years now I've never learned to read sheet music. Keep at it and have fun!

I bought eMedia software 'piano for dummies', which, unlike the book, is interactive. I usually play with headphones so the midi-out connection worked to mark my playing as I went through the exercises and played the sheet music. If I was up near 90% accuracy then I moved on. Not quite the same as having a teacher there, but was pretty good. I've moved on to their intermediate level software (I don't have shares in them BTW) which doesn't have the same feedback, but is fun to use, especially when I bought foot switches which allow me to turn the pages over on the laptop. I play other fun stuff too. My problem is that I would rather play 100 pieces from my books than spend time learning a much smaller number by heart, which I would like to do because then I get 'into' the music more.

I kind of have the opposite problem. I know only a few songs/pieces pretty well (and have totally forgotten some over the years that I haven't played in so long like Moonlight Sonata). Because it takes longer (at least for me at this level) to learn a song by ear. That and much of my musical time is spent focusing on my band's own stuff.

If you're interested in learning more about musical theory and tips on piano or guitar I highly recommend youtube channels like "Rick Beato" or "David Bennett Piano".
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Post by: BHendrix on October 01, 2020, 04:20:31 PM
Good morning y'all!!!! I'm super excited to be a part of this community and wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Brandee from the great state of Texas and I've been on my journey of manifestation/meditation for almost 2 years. I'm a certified health coach and small business owner just here to swap stories and share ideas with like minded individuals. I'm looking forward to learning more about the Buddhist practices as well. Thank you Matthew for allowing me to be part of your movement  ;D I can't wait to share and learn more from all of you!

Many Blessings,

Brandee
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Post by: milco on October 02, 2020, 08:02:03 PM
It's been a long time, been a long time, been a lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time. Yes it has.

Hi! My name is Tony and I am from Liverpool.

I like beer, decent music and football -- especially the wonderful Liverpool F.C.

I attended a course of six sessions with 'Mindfulness Merseyside' about three years ago, having suffered with depression and anxiety on-and-off for about twenty years. I did quite a bit of counselling last year, which I found fairly useful and used the meditation app Headspace for a few months before settling into quite a chilled, and settled, space with mediation. I feel like I have hit a bit of a groove now and really feel the benefits from it.

I have gone back to my original career, working with a Housing Association in Liverpool and everything feels like it is heading in the right direction.

I have questions to ask and opinions to deliver and I will get round to all of that, but for the moment -- hello!  ;)
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Post by: dharma bum on October 03, 2020, 01:58:27 AM
Welcome to the forum BHendrix and Milco.
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Post by: mayank on November 14, 2020, 09:47:39 AM
Hi everyone,
Thanks for accepting me to this forum. My name is Mayank and I've been meditating on and off for a year. I found this forum while frantically searching for some questions. I'm struggling on my meditation path and somehow, I find myself back to where I had started a year ago, with an overactive mind and mental and physical pain. While I made an account because I had intention to post some stuff, I realise most of it is posted here already, and I'm taking my time to absorb the information while also trying to meditate still. There is nothing I have to ask, but my thoughts and pain feels unbearable rn  :( , and having others on the same path has encouraged me. So I have decided to stay.
Love to all.
Title: Re: New members introduction thread 2017 - present.
Post by: Phil on November 14, 2020, 11:16:42 AM
Dear spiritual friends

Brief introduction of myself and my practice:

Male, 40s, living in central Europe, retired.

I started meditation about 10 years ago. Some practice in the Goenka tradition (3 day day courses, some shorter, some serving). Switched to other Theravada branch (Western Lay Buddhism of people like Joseph Goldstein / Jack Kornfield) and stayed.

Spent over 1.5 years on retreat, most of them lasting between 1 and 3 months.

Self-studies of the Suttas (read all of the Majjhima Nikaya and most of the Samyutta Nikaya), the Abidhamma and other texts such as the Manual of Insight.

Happy if I can be of help to others.

May you be enlighted in this very life.
Title: Re: New members introduction thread 2017 - present.
Post by: Middleway on November 14, 2020, 12:16:10 PM
Welcome to the forum Phil. Freedom forty eh. Congratulations!

I would encourage you to provide your help  / advise out in the open in the forum rather than one on one personal messages. We all could benefit from the discussion.

I just have this burning question no one answered to my satisfaction. I will start another thread where you could address my question. Thanks in advance!

In the Dhamma,

Middleway